Girl Scout Nature Program

by Catherine Johnson

The Girl Scout Nature Program hosted by our Master Naturalist group in May was a great success, with 23 people attending.  The scouts kept Lisa Milewski and Donna Lewis busy with questions.

Donna Lewis watches as Lisa Milewski talks to the Girl Scouts.
Donna Lewis makes a point. Get it?

Master Naturalists Dorothy Mayer and Pamela Neeley also participated in the program. 

Everyone had refreshments and toured the Milam Wildscape and Bird and Bee Farm.  They got to see newly hatched Rio Grande Turkeys.  We were thrilled when the older scouts requested to create projects in the Wildscape. 

After this success, we plan to offer  all Milam County Girl Scout troops programs like this.

(Sorry we were a little late posting this update!)

a donkey and kids
Scruffy the donkey was quite a hit with the troop.

Wildscape Project Update

by Catherine Johnson

We hope you enjoy this gallery of photos showing progress that is being made by our team and other volunteers at the Wildscape being constructed at Bird and Bee Farm.

Baby milkweed
More milkweed
Recycled equipment planter with flowers
Another planter full of native plants
Larger planter with water for butterflies
Larger view with all the planters in progress.

A Hugely Successful Earth Day Celebration

by Sue Ann Kendall

I’m interested in nature, too.

The 2019 Earth Day Celebration is in the books! It was a great success, too! Over 70 people and two dogs visited the Community Room on Main Street in Rockdale to see the El Camino Real Master Naturalists and their exhibits. We were joined by local Girl Scouts of Central Texas troops and the Little River Basin Master Gardeners, too. (It helps that many of our members are also Master Gardeners.)

Rosie Johnson did a great job decorating the outside of the Community Room in Rockdale.

Many thanks go out to Donna Lewis and the rest of the Earth Day Committee, who put in a lot of effort and planning to make this event successful. There were so many details, but they were all handled very well!

Donna Lewis takes a break to talk to Catherine Johnson during setup.

And of course, we truly appreciated all the chapter members who took time out of their holiday weekend to join us and talk to the guests about the importance of taking care of our planet.

Pamela Neeley grabs a new rain gauge from the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District’s contributions.
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Lexington Senior Butterfly Garden Update

photos by Sharon Sweet

Today, Sharon Sweet shares some photos of the butterfly garden project she and Wesley created five or six years ago at the senior center in Lexington, along with a bonus bluebonnet photo, because, well, who can resist those? We hope you enjoy this photo essay.

It has really grown in nicely.
The flowers really add a lot to the formerly bare wall.

This log is on the Willow City loop, outside of Fredericksburg.

Bluebonnets growing out of a log.

Progress on the Milam Wildscape Project

By Catherine Johnson

Volunteers from our chapter have been hard at work! The Milam Wildscape Project that we’ve reporteed on before is progressing quite quickly.

Getting ready to make a fence.

The team has managed to install fencing, arrange some of the cool metal structures at the site, and installed gates so people can get into the garden, but hungry animals stay out.

Here you can see the sturdy new raised path to the chicken house and future raised beds.

El Camino Real Chapter member Larry Kocian is designing pathways and garden plots. He knows the pathways need to be handicap accessible, so they will be wide and smooth.

The next phase is planting. We are now beginning to gather plants.

How are those animals?

So glad you asked! The beautiful kittens and all those hundreds of chicks are growing up at the farm. If you’re looking for chickens, it’s a great time to get some!

I’m also fine, thanks for asking.

The heritage Rio Grande Turkeys are not allowed to roam now, like they used to, as they are old enough that they would run off to make a nest and not come back at night.  We don’t want that!

We can always use more volunteers. Check out Bird and Bee Farm for more information.